Polar today announced the M600 Sports Watch. Powered by Android Wear, the M600 features Polar’s proprietary heart-rate technology as well as a handful of fitness-focused features.
While this smartwatch is primarily focused on fitness and sports-related activities, users will still be able to take advantage of over 4,000 Android Wear apps from the Play Store.
Looking on the fitness side of things, Polar has integrated its proprietary heart-rate technology into this smartwatch, allowing the M600 to provide a wrist-based heart rate measurement through the 6 LEDs embedded in the M600. Additionally, you’ll find things like GPS, 24/7 activity tracking and many of Polar’s “Smart Coaching” features in the watch.
With the M600 being designed with activity in mind, the smartwatch is waterproof and features a high-quality, minimalistic design. Battery should be fairly impressive as well, as it can last up to 48 hours, even while connected to an Android phone.
The smartwatch comes with 4GB of internal storage. It’s not a whole lot of storage, but you’ll be able to sync your favorite playlist to the M600 via the Play Store and actually play music on the smartwatch without using a smartphone.
Polar plans to offer the M600 in Charcoal Black and Powder White for $329 later this year. No firm launch date was given, but we’ll likely see it in the Fall at some point.
We’ve got the press release below.
Polar Introduces Polar M600 Sports Watch Powered by Android Wear™
Kempele, Finland – August 3, 2016 – Polar, the leader in heart rate sensors, activity trackers, and wearable sports technology, announces the Polar M600, a waterproof sports watch powered by Android Wear. Built on Google’s Android Wear smartwatch platform, Polar M600 features Polar’s proprietary optical heart rate technology and provides wrist-based heart rate measurement via a 6-LED solution, using an algorithm designed and tested for maximum reliability. Polar M600 also provides integrated GPS, 24/7 activity tracking and Polar Smart Coaching features via the Polar App for Android Wear.
Designed for active training as well as a stylish accessory for a connected lifestyle, the Polar M600 is waterproof and boasts a high quality, sleek design with a 1.3 inch color touch display, a dedicated front button for quick and easy training control, and a battery life of more than 48 hours when connected to Android devices. The soft, comfortable silicone wristband is available in black and white, with a new red band coming later this year.
“Polar is known for bringing smarts into sports,” says Marco Suvilaakso, Chief Strategy Officer at Polar. “Polar created the first heart rate monitor, the first activity tracker and now we’re the first true sports wearables company to announce a smartwatch truly made for sports. Powered by Android Wear, Polar M600 offers our customers countless opportunities to customize their smartwatch and still rely on the unique Polar sports wearable experience that is at its core.”
Pairing the evolving world of Android Wear with Polar’s training expertise gives customers access to Polar’s unique sports offering including Smart Coaching features such as Activity Guide, as well as Android Wear capabilities. In addition to training and insight into daily activity and workouts, users can access Android Wear’s voice control, customize watch faces, receive calendar notifications, read and reply to texts when using an Android phone, scroll through social media feeds and access more than 4,000 third party apps via Google Play. Polar M600 offers 4 Gb of internal storage and customers can sync their music through Google Play and listen to it also without their smartphone.
Polar Flow allows users to view their activity, heart rate training and sleep details via the iOS and Android apps, and the web services offer even more in-depth insights into their fitness, recovery and progress. Polar M600 users can also benefit from the new Polar Running Program, a personalized and adaptive training plan, available now for free in Polar Flow. Runners choose an event (5K, 10K, half-marathon or marathon), and the Running Program creates a training plan that fits their current fitness level, adapts to their progress and offers easy-to-follow instructions that help runners focus on what’s important for improvement.
Polar M600 will be available globally in Charcoal Black and Powder White for $329.90 / €349.90 later this year. Changeable wristbands in Polar Red will also be available later this year.
* Note: Android Wear is a trademark of Google Inc
Polar is the leading pioneer in heart rate monitoring, activity trackers and training computers. With nearly 40 years of experience and a proud heritage in innovative physiological and sports medical research, we cater to all levels of fitness by offering a comprehensive product range including cycling computers, wearable sports devices and activity trackers, training apps and online services. Our award-winning training computers are the number one choice among consumers worldwide, being sold through over 35,000 retailers globally. Headquartered near Oulu in Finland, Polar is a privately held company that operates in more than 80 countries including U.S. headquarters in Lake Success, NY. For more information, please visit polar.com.